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IMDB Rating : 7.9
IMDB Votes : 7,381
User Reviews : 62
Movie Rated : PG
Date Released : 13 March 2015
Run Time : 112 min
Movie Genre : Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Movie Director : Kenneth Branagh
Movie Writer : Chris Weitz
Movie Stars : Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden, Helena Bonham Carter
Cinderella The story of “Cinderella” follows the fortunes of young Ella whose merchant father remarries following the tragic death of her mother. Keen to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother Lady Tremaine and her daughters Anastasia and Drizella into the family home. But when Ella’s father suddenly and unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family. Finally relegated to nothing more than a servant girl covered in ashes, and spitefully renamed Cinderella since she used to work in the cinders, Ella could easily begin to lose hope. Yet, despite the cruelty inflicted upon her, Ella is determined to honor her mother’s dying words and to “have courage and be kind.” She will not give in to despair nor despise those who abuse her. And then there is the dashing stranger she meets in the woods. Unaware that he is really a prince, not merely an employee at the palace, Ella finally feels she has met a kindred soul. It appears as if her …
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The Best Live-Action Movie Disney Has Released In Many, Many Years!
This is the first live-action feature film of Cinderella in over 100 years. There have been loose adaptations like Ever After and A Cinderella Story, but this is adapted at the fullest. Kenneth Branagh is one of the most talented people in all of show business and he directs his finest looking film to date. His best ever? Maybe, but it certainly is a contender.
First and foremost, this is suitable for all ages and genders. Close-minded young boys probably would not like this as they do not understand what makes a good movie.
Everybody knows the story of Cinderella. But Kenneth Branagh makes it more wonderful than anybody can imagine. While everybody knows the story, he provides a sold backstory of how Cinderella wound up with her stepmother (Blanchett) and fills in any gaps that made people wanting more. The first little bit of her with her parents is so heartwarming and inspiring. It filled my eyes with tears a little bit too. When she gets with her stepmother and stepsisters, sympathy rises. But the scenery, set, and costumes are so well done that it doesn't really depress anybody. When her fairy godmother arrives and transforms everything and she goes to the ball, that whole chunk is mind-blowing. Everything, from the music to the effects are so spellbinding. Take this chunk alone and think about all it took to bring it to life. I tried hard not to cry in this bit. After the ball is when the story starts to decline: the spell wears off, Cinderella loses her shoe and she it back to being a mistreated servant. I think that lots of stories around this time had their climaxes in the middle like Shakespeare. But because the ball bit was so good, the effect it has on you stays until the end. I honestly have no idea how Branagh made this movie look so gorgeous. And he does it in such a way that does not upstage the stars. When there's a bit of serious acting that is needed to see, he dismisses anything distracting. It's still wonderful, but not distracting. The only bit of criticism that I could think of would be the acting. Blanchett does a fabulous job as the wicked stepmother, I was just thinking there could be star-making performances and great acting. This is the kind of acting that is allowed in movies like this. There's certainly no bits of bad acting, it is just right.
This is not just the best live-action Disney movie I've ever seen, it is one of the best movies I've seen in general.